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Exclusive: Will Smith Addresses the Rumors!

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Will Smith is well aware of the pesky rumors concerning his marriage and family, but, unlike his wife Jada, he has steered clear of addressing them.

Instead, the mega star continues to grow his family business, and recently revealed to HipHollywood,  during press activities for his latest film After Earth, how he deals with the lies and the haters.

“It’s not my most enjoyable part of the game”, explains Smith with a smile. “Anytime you inject energy into the universe you have to expect the equal and opposite reaction. So unfortunately as much love and positivity as you put into the universe you have to expect the hate to come back. So, I’m a big boy, bring it.”

Well, we definitely thank Big Willy for staying mature and not going HAM on the press like his pal Kanye. After Earth is in theaters May 31st.

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Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!

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Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.

In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.

“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”

What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.

“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”

Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.

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